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How the companies were ranked

C+D teamed up with independent analyst Best Companies Group (BCG) to identify the best places to work in community pharmacy. BCG has more than a decade of experience in identifying workplace excellence across a variety of sectors – including insurance, law and broadcasting – and in several countries, including the UK, Canada and the US.

C+D invited companies in the UK to participate in the programme free of charge;* the number of employees for eligibility was set by BCG to ensure the robustness of the analysis.

The analysis programme consisted of two parts:

1. An employer questionnaire detailing policies, practices, benefits and demographics

2. An employee survey covering leadership and planning, culture and communications, role satisfaction, working environment, relationships with managers, training and development, and pay and benefits.

BCG combined and analysed responses, determined whether they met the criteria for being named one of the best places to work in the sector, and ranked the companies according to the resulting data sets. Five employers came through to meet the BCG’s employee excellence benchmark and be crowned one of the C+D Best Places to Work in Community Pharmacy 2015.

*Participating employers had the option to purchase a confidential report of their employee survey benchmarked against other participants

Fifth place


Newly rebranded multiple Well took fifth place in our list More

Fourth place

Co-operative Pharmacy

Top of the list for pay and benefits, Co-operative Pharmacy came in at fourth More 

Third place

Cohens Group

Third place for Cohens Group, which has a reputation for valuing its employees More

Second place

Whitworth Chemists

A firm bond between employees and managers secures Whitworth second place More

First place

Day Lewis

Excelling at training and motivating staff, Day Lewis is the best place to work in community pharmacy More

How community pharmacy companies rated in the
key indicators of employee satisfaction 



Relationship with supervisor


Role satisfaction


Work environment


Overall engagement


Corporate culture and relations


Leadership and planning


Training, development and resources


Pay and benefits

Figures are an average of scores across all five employers who made it into the C+D Best Places to Work in Community Pharmacy 2015